Persecuted (2014)



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The new movie Persecuted opening this July 18th depicts evangelist John Luther as the last obstacle in the way of sweeping religious reform. When a Senator frames Luther for the murder of an innocent teenage girl, an unprecedented era of persecution is unleashed. An evangelist turned fugitive, Luther's mission brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that will threaten the entire Christian community in America. (c) Official Facebook

Rating: PG-13 (for violence and thematic elements)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Daniel Lusko
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 14, 2014
Box Office: $1.6M
Millennium Entertainment - Official Site


as John Luther

as Sen. Donald Harrison

as Dave Wilson

as Dr. Charles Luther

as Pastor Ryan Morris

as Mr. Gray

as U.S. President

as U.S. President
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Critic Reviews for Persecuted

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Persecuted squanders the talents of its impressive cast -- including James Remar, Bruce Davison, Fred Dalton Thompson and Dean Stockwell -- with its bizarre premise and inept execution.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A heavy-handed and didactic drama which also manages to be totally mushy in terms of the message it's trying to convey.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
Top Critic

Just why one particular TV preacher is so all-fired important isn't clear, and neither is anything else about this overwrought mess.

Full Review… | July 17, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

Straw-man cinema doesn't get much more ludicrous than this heavy-handed, Christian-themed minister-on-the-run thriller.

Full Review… | July 17, 2014
Top Critic

The Lord works in mysterious ways but "Persecuted" works in blundering, obvious ways, straining a Christianity-under-attack theme through a dopey thriller.

Full Review… | July 16, 2014
New York Post
Top Critic

Persecuted matches its conservative beliefs to an anachronistic narrative structure and dated cinematic execution.

Full Review… | July 24, 2014
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Persecuted

Corrupt Washington DC making sure that Americans remain blindfolded to today's fleecing of America, and the sheeple who swoon over our communistic president and his cronies.

Stupid and painful to watch, Persecuted plays on the Christian notion of being persecuted for our faith without ever addressing real persecution in the world. Sure the performances are terrible, the plot is ridiculous, and the script is full of stilted dialogue, but what is worst about this film is that it chooses to pair theology and politics in a way that is repulsive. Instead of truly addressing Christian persecution in countries where it exists, Persecuted chooses to talk about a fictional society where an evangelist could be framed for murder for not supporting a piece of legislation which is never fully explained. What does this law do exactly? Why would the government even want to pass it? Why would they be willing to frame a man for murder over this? None of these questions are answered, and instead the film is just full of ridiculous characters, saying and doing ridiculous things.

Don't get me wrong, there are faith-based films out there that are moving in the right direction: How To Save a Life, Mom's Night Out, Unconditional, even Fireproof and Courageous. Are they good? Not really, but they're telling stories that are uplifting and have good messages. I'm looking forward to the day where Christian movies focus more on the benefits of following God and less on how people don't treat us right.

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